The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is offering Accelerating Women Climate Entrepreneurs (AWCE) Fund to build the gender-lens investing ecosystem for women climate entrepreneurs to grow scalable climate-related businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa.

AWCE defines women climate entrepreneurs as women entrepreneurs whose locally available, contextually-appropriate goods and services prioritize or significantly contribute to mitigate and/or adapt to climate change.

ANDE encourages submissions employing creative solutions to both supply and demand components of the climate financing gap with a gender lens within AWCE priority sectors of Agriculture, Sustainable Energy, and Water and Sanitation; and that fit any of the following categories:



  • Entrepreneur support organizations supporting innovative approaches in agriculture to help women entrepreneurs, including smallholder farmers, to start and grow climate resilient agribusinesses amid vulnerabilities to weather-related shocks such as floods, droughts, heatwaves, and fluctuations in rain seasons in Sub-Saharan Africa. This includes agri-production and agri-processing, cold-chains, data and information services, insurance and credit guarantee, market access and product distribution. 
  • Entrepreneur support organizations supporting innovative and affordable clean off-grid renewable energy solutions that can be accelerated for deployment or scaled up amid intensifying environmental degradation and climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa.Eligibility Criteria


Funding Information

ANDE intends to fund a minimum of three and a maximum of six projects for this round, from a total funding pool of US $196,500. Submissions should be for activities of up to 11 months duration with a minimum total request of US $30,000 and a maximum total request of US $65,500.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Non-profit entrepreneur support organizations, such as:
  • Incubators, accelerators, investors, capacity development providers, nongovernmental organizations, operating (non-grantmaking) foundations, and research and advisory service providers, are qualified to apply.


Donor Name

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Application Deadline: 4th August, 2021.


To be eligible for the Accountability Incubator, applicants must:

  • Be the founder/CEO or primary decision-maker for the venture’s development and management;
  • Have an original idea;
  • Be in startup idea, MVP, or pilot phase;
  • Be at least 21-years-old by the start of the program;
  • Be a for-profit, hybrid, non-profit, or undecided venture, as long as the core mission is to create measurable social change;
  • Demonstrate the Lab’s values;
  • Reside in Nepal, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mali or Liberia and be willing to travel to the national capital of the relevant country for trainings and events.

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